I offer these results from a recently published academic paper (without comment):
Our study showed the presence of narcissistic, histrionic, and obsessive-compulsive personality traits in living kidney donors
Okay, one comment. I’m amused by this on a number of levels, mostly due to my professional education (Masters’ degree in Counseling), but also because it’s the opposite of the usual characterization of living donors. The public message (er- propaganda) is all about altruism, heroism, giving, generosity, etc. Here’s a group of researchers who looked at a very small sample LKDs and said, “Nope, y’all aren’t ready for your halo and wings yet”.
While it would be easy to dismiss these findings, especially if one takes them personally, identifying the above listed traits will help suss out one’s motivation to donate. Again, some people might think the reason(s) someone donates to be of little importance, especially if one overwhelmingly prioritizes the recipient’s situation over that of the potential living donor. However, a significant correlation exists between donor expectations and motivation, and how one fares psycho-socially post-donation (also a huge factor in the donor-recipient post-donation relationship).
Expanding on these very tentative findings can hopefully help identify and categorize potential LDs traits and motivations, which can then be used to predict, or perhaps prevent, post-donation psychosocial difficulties. And I think we can all agree that’s a good thing.